This is it. The real one. The red jacket that spawned an infinite number of dubious imitations in the ’80s. Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” jacket. This is an incredibly iconic piece of wardrobe from the 1980s and you probably had one similar in your closet (don’t lie). Of all the clothing we own (and we own a lot), this jacket stands alone as the single most significant piece of pop culture in our collection. It’s got a sort of “Sgt. Pepper/Members Only” vibe and over twenty superfluous zippers. That equals awesome. Interestingly, there’s a backstage pass sticker from a 1983 Liza Minelli show attached to the inside of the jacket.
VIVA LA KATY!
The world of pop princesses is a fickle one. For every glammed-out, overproduced vixen who becomes a household name, a thousand other contenders crash and burn into the world of awkward obscurity. Not Katy Perry. Katy rose to the top of Pop Mountain the old-school way – TALENT. Already a well-regarded young vocalist in the spiritual genre, Katy made the difficult jump to secular music (Aretha Franklin did the same thing 45 years earlier) and even performed at the Warped tour in 2008. In the cutthroat world of bubblegum pop, Katy Perry has proven herself the sharpest knife in the drawer through true musical ability and fearless creativity. Here are a few of the tremendous outfits from Katy that are currently in the Hard Rock collection.They’re located at (clockwise from top left): Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Hard Rock Cafe Bali, Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds, and Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood Boulevard.